Having the latest version of your software can be a good thing because in most cases the newer software will contain the latest security updates as well as any bug fixes for issues in previous versions. Adobe is an example of software you should periodically reinstall.
Sometimes the software we purchase isn’t ever updated until a new version is released for sale. Other software go through numerous updates between version releases, like Adobe Reader and Flash. I recommend you remove and reinstall Adobe Reader on your Macs, as well as reinstalling the Adobe plug-ins. On a PC, don’t remove Adobe Flash, but do reinstall Adobe Reader if it has been a while.
If you are running macOS High Sierra, open Finder and then open Applications. Locate Adobe Reader and then move that icon to the trash. You may need to give permission by entering your Apple ID and Password.
To reinstall Adobe Reader on your Mac, go to Adobe.com and scroll to the bottom and select Acrobat Reader DC on the left. Select the Download Now button and it should begin shortly. Once it has downloaded, select the down arrow in the circle icon at the top-right of Safari and then you will need to double-click the “AcroRdrDC” file to begin the installation. Double-click the “AcroRdrDC” package file to continue. Follow the remaining instructions to install. Once installed, you can move the installer to the trash and close all the windows.
If you are running a PC, open your control panel and then click “Programs and Features.” Click Adobe Reader and then click “Uninstall” at the top of the list. Click “Yes” to give your system permission to continue. Follow the remaining instructions to uninstall Adobe Reader and then restart your computer.
To reinstall Adobe Reader to your PC, go to Adobe.com and scroll to the bottom of the page and on the left, click “Acrobat Reader DC.” Follow the remaining instructions to finish the installation.
Installing a fresh copy of your software can give you added security, but it can also help your computer’s performance.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.